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59 minutes ago, Nole23 said:

Mr Nice Pie inside Finn Hall closes

 

"Finn Hall has lost its first food vendor. Mr. Nice Pie, the downtown food hall's pizza restaurant, has closed. A spin-off of Montrose's Love Buzz pizzeria, Mr. Nice Pie served oversized pizza slices and whole pies. The owners of Mr. Nice Pie have yet to respond to CultureMap's request for comment about why the restaurant closed or what's next; we will update this article if they do. "

 

http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/03-19-19-mr-nice-pie-finn-hall-pizza-vendor-closed-downtown-food-hall/?fbclid=IwAR2R1_0MFp4DKUQrFznV7n0o6fypq7OmKSoZZrgeT2IsXr_sy9xEQCuP9Ps

 

They were open maybe one time out of the 20 or so that I have been there.

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Around noon today, I declined to join them...  

Exterior is getting very close:  

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/New-food-hall-set-for-downtown-Houston-11141556.php

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14 hours ago, downtownian said:

 

I had a mediocre slice of $8 pizza there.

 

I never tried that place, seems like they weren't ready at the opening with their oven out of commission. I imagine the vendors are paying premium rent, they better have a premium product that they can charge a lot for to make it up and stay in business. Decent pizza is pretty cheap to make, and you could already find that in three places within a three block walk of Finn Hall.

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30 minutes ago, Texasota said:

Wait wait wait. I thought part of the point of the "Jones at Main" branding was to clarify that the Gulf Building and the Great Jones Building (702 Main) were joined under the same ownership?

 

You are correct.  Or at least the people who operate The Jones On Main (and presumably also the people who own it), seem to be under the impression that the Shake Shack space is part of The Jones on Main.  The entire block is under common ownership and is included in the retail marketing materials for The Jones on Main.

 

 

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53 minutes ago, Urbannizer said:

Yep, owned by Lionstone Investments and redeveloped by them and Midway. Shake Shack is at the ground level of The Great Jones Building therefore it is a part of The Jones on Main.

 

I went ahead and merged back into the original thread @Triton @CrockpotandGravel

 

Oh ok, sounds good.

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Shake Shack took down the construction walls that extended out on to the sidewalk. The interior looks close too, looks like they are working on computer systems and whatnot, the screens in the kitchen area were on and there were workers stringing cable when I walked by earlier today.

 

I would guess they will be up and running in a couple of weeks. 

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20 hours ago, mollusk said:

Me, too... and that was after passing by the similar lines for the two places that are open in Understory.  

 

59 minutes ago, CaptainJilliams said:

Good to see they are getting some traffic! I figured they would.

 

And you know somebody that is reasonably business savvy is looking at that and saying...hmm Now if only I can capture some of that long line traffic. This is how you get more and more retail. At some point there is a threshold to how long people are willing to wait and will go to the next best option.

 

I think sometimes we forget just how many people work downtown. Now we are starting to keep them here instead of them going out of downtown for lunch. Long lines like this are a great sign that people want things close to work and that retail here is possible. It just wasn't demonstrated for so long. Now its very visible.

 

EDIT: By the way. This is why we have so many stuff lining our highways. Traffic on highways is actually good for business. A packed highway is like the vehicle form of foot traffic. Now we are getting "traffic" at the human scale, and hopefully this gets followed up with even more things just like packed highways brings a lot of good business to those on feeder roads and off ramps.

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Shake Shack did their homework, I'm sure, and they are a very popular brand that seems to be strategically expanding. That they chose DT is a very good sign and hopefully other brands of their caliber will follow suit.  The Rice Village type tenants that the other location is around might not be that far off. 

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On 7/30/2019 at 8:52 AM, CrockpotandGravel said:


Good find but shouldn't this go in another thread? I don't see how or why this belongs here.

 

Yes, it definitely should! I don’t know how it ended up in this thread. My mistake. 

 

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1 hour ago, Nole23 said:

Finn Hall is closed until further notice due to maintenance issues 😳

 

 

 

I'm glad we've got Understory to fall back on.  :ph34r:

 

According to their web site, they'll be back open during normal hours tomorrow. 

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That's looking better.

 

Originally the wall signage (at least what could be seen on the passage from Pennzoil to Esperson) was stick on cutouts.  Some of it didn't even make it to the first day of the soft opening.

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Unfortunately, I wasn't able to recover any of my contributions in this thread after my account and all its content were deleted in "error" by a mod. I'm kind of bummed about that because looking back at the build out,  proposed plans, news, etc gives a great overview to the total evolution of this building.

Regardless, here's old news about Mala Sichuan Bistro closing its stall at Finn Hall last month.



From CultureMap:

 

Downtown food hall Finn Hall has lost its second opening tenant. Shortly after the venue welcomed Pizza Zquare to replace the shuttered Mr. Nice Pie, comes news that acclaimed Chinese restaurant Mala Sichuan has closed.
 

Mala Sichuan has earned a number of awards, including a James Beard Award Best Chef: Southwest finalist nomination for chef Jianyun Ye. The restaurant's other locations — the original in Chinatown, its expansion in Montrose, and a recently opened outpost in Katy Asian Town — all remain open. 
 

In response to CultureMap's request for comment, a representative provided the following statements from Finn Hall's management and from Mala Sichuan.
 

“We are happy to have had the Mala Sichuan team as part of our inaugural group of operators at Finn Hall and wish them continued success with their restaurants," Finn Hall's owners stated. "We look forward to welcoming a new operator soon and bringing a new concept to Downtown Houston.”
 

Mala's statement is as follows: “Due to numerous business obligations outside of Finn Hall, we made the difficult decision to close our Finn Hall operation. We very much appreciate the opportunity to have operated at Finn Hall over the past year and bring Mala Sichuan to downtown Houston.”
 

In addition to Mala and Pizza Zquare, Finn Hall's tenants include Dish Society, Goode Co. Taqueria, Vietnamese restaurant Sit Lo, Korean restaurant Yong, Craft Burger, seafood restaurant Low Tide, and Mediterranean restaurant Oddball Eats. It also has a coffee bar from Amaya Roasting and a cocktail bar.


http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/10-04-19-mala-sichuan-chinese-restaurant-downtown-food-hall-finn-hall-closed-shuttered/

 

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More on food hall Finn Hall inside the Jones on Main, 712 Main St in downtown Houston.


Eater Houston reported yesterday Oz Rey is no longer involved as the operator of Finn Hall. Taking over operating duties is Midway.

Finn Hall closed for a few days last week and over the weekend for "remodeling." Operations were to resume yesterday.




From Eater Houston yesterday:



Finn Hall will re-open Monday after changing operators over the weekend

On Friday, Finn Hall closed its doors for the weekend as the Downtown food hall made a few “technology-related updates.” Those updates were a part of major operational changes at Finn Hall, with Jones on Main landlord Midway taking over day-to-day operations of the food hall. A spokesperson for Midway said in a statement that it expects “little to no effect on daily operation for customers,” but that “enhancements” are coming in the next few months. Stay tuned for updates on this situation as it unfolds.



https://houston.eater.com/2019/11/4/20947259/tonkotsu-ramen-bar-open-vintage-marketplace-black-rock-coffee-houston-opening-a-fine-line-screening

 

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More on food hall Finn Hall inside the Jones on Main, 712 Main St in downtown Houston.



Finn Hall was scheduled to resume services yesterday after closing for several days to remodel.

But it's possible Finn Hall may be closed permanently. There are reports online about the disappearance  of Finn Hall's social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) and website:


http://www.finnhallhtx.com

https://www.facebook.com/finnhallhtx/

https://twitter.com/finnhallhtx



Their Instagram is still online

https://www.instagram.com/finnhallhtx/



Reports wondering about the fate of Finn Hall:


After being inexplicably closed several days last week, several stalls at Finn Hall including one that is supposed to be open for breakfast are dark and unmanned.
https://twitter.com/Just_StopPlease/status/1191726408441237504


https://old.reddit.com/r/houston/comments/ds06md/finn_hall_collapsing/




Maybe they are closed for good. I saw 2 posts on Instagram Story of people dining there yesterday and  Amaya Coffee or Amaya Roasting posted yesterday. So, I don't know.

It's also possible since there was a change in operators, that a new name and maybe retooling of the food hall is coming.

I don't think Midway would let the space fold. I think it will remain a food hall and will reopen under a new name. But I could be wrong.

 

 

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1 minute ago, kbates2 said:

I walked by it yesterday and there were people eating inside and dish society cooking that I could see from the sidewalk.



Yeah. I posted above that there a few posts in my Instagram feed from people dining there yesterday. There was also a post from Amaya Coffee. So, Finn Hall did reopen yesterday.

But its halls are darken again today, according to several eyewitness accounts. 

This summer, Finn Hall closed temporarily and later reopened. But I wonder if there are other other changes involved or coming with Midway taking the lead on operations.

Otherwise, it's strange that the website and all other social media, with the exception of Instagram,  are gone.

I don't know if Oz Rey owned the rights to the name Finn Hall or not. If so, it's possible the website is offline and could be transferring to a new domain and server. And the Facebook page may be hidden from public view while a new name is being decided and the page reopened with the new vanity url.


I don't know. It's all strange.



 

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Finn Hall is open.


From a comment on Reddit Houston:

 I just called Dish Society inside Finn Hall. They are open and serving customers.

https://old.reddit.com/r/houston/comments/ds06md/finn_hall_collapsing/f6mb6az/



As to why the website and two of their three social media are either gone or not visible to the public, I don't know. I think Midway is retooling the food hall: from a possible new name, changes to make the hall and service more efficient (and customer friendly), and other adjustments.

 

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FWIW, it looks like they are replacing the common order system that all of the stalls shared. Yong was running off of an iPad and a Square dongle for credit cards today. 

 

That might have put the place out of commission when the old system was shut down. 

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